Posted: 5/12/2011 17:04:57
Scaled Composites designed the aircraft while Northrop Grumman
Corporation developed the internal payloads that can collect
intelligence, conduct reconnaissance, and simultaneously execute
communications functions such as real-time video. The result, unveiled
this week by Northrop Grumman, is an Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV)
called Firebird, which can be flown manned or unmanned. The payloads
are carried internally to help extend aircraft endurance, which could
be as long as 40 hours. The system is designed for “plug and play”
internal payloads, much like a computer memory stick. The aircraft
flew a mere 12 months after the concept was first developed. The first
manned flight will take place at the end of May or in early June.
Thank You for listening to EAA Radio.
Afterburner Al - Station Manager-Emeritus, EAA Radio -
Posted: 5/12/2011 23:27:40
Flies out of KMCC with a old school piston twin with a noise job - Been here since last fall. Out flying just the last ~8 weeks
Tried to embed the photo..... wont go in... hummmm
Posted: 5/13/2011 01:04:33
I said I wouldn't contribute/use this forum anymore - slow, doesn't embed and ...did I say slow?
Just had to share the N355SX info. I have been shadowing the public info on this plane for a few weeks. I will not share unless there are releases - don't want to have DHS on my door step. Sure looks like there is a pilot but I have not seen one absolutely.
Posted: 5/20/2011 13:22:50
Scaled Composites is hiring.